At some point throughout history, a root canal became synonymous with pain, discomfort, and the worst possible way you could spend your day. In our previous post, we tell you everything you need to know about a root canal and explained why this is no longer the case, but what is painful and uncomfortable is having your natural tooth pulled instead of saving it by having a root canal. Below we explain why it is a better idea to work with your endodontist and save your natural tooth.
Endodontists specialize in saving your natural tooth. On top of the eight years of school most dentists attend, endodontists do an additional two to three years of advanced training. They will use the most advanced and specialized technology to treat your tooth pain, save your natural tooth, and perform a root canal that will get you back to feeling comfortable in no time.
You might be wondering why a root canal is a better option than simply pulling out the affected tooth. There are a few reasons why we recommend a root canal treatment.
- Extracting your natural tooth can actually end up being more painful than the infection or trauma that caused your tooth to need treatment.
- The healing process of a root canal is shorter than the healing process of an extracted tooth.
- Replacing a natural tooth after the initial procedure requires additional dentist appointments and the associated costs can quickly add up.
- Nothing will feel or function as well as your natural tooth. There isn’t a denture, bridge, or implant out there that will look or feel the same.
- Removing a tooth can cause your other teeth to shift. If your teeth shift it may affect your ability to chew properly or ruin your smile.
- Patients who have had a tooth extracted say it is six times more painful than patients who experienced a root canal.
How does a root canal save the natural tooth?
A root canal saves the natural tooth by removing the infected pulp inside your tooth and sealing the tooth cavity. When your tooth experiences trauma like a chip or crack or develops deep tooth decay, it can cause the inside of your tooth — the pulp — to become inflamed or infected. Left untreated this can cause extreme pain and abscesses.
During a root canal, an endodontist will remove the inflamed or infected pulp. They will then clean and disinfect the inside of your tooth. After your tooth is cleaned, it will be filled and sealed with a rubber-like substance. Finally, a crown or cap will be placed on your tooth for protection.
Once your root canal is complete, you can go back to eating the foods you regularly enjoy. Teeth that have had a root canal can last a lifetime with proper care.
If your dentist tells you that you need a tooth extracted, ask them if a root canal is an option instead. If they’re unsure or tell you no, we recommend getting a second opinion and contacting an endodontist.
Ready to save your natural tooth? Contact us at Southcenter Endodontics and let us help you get your pain-free smile back!